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June 3rd, 2009

1:47 PM

Hmm

I have not seen a Silhouette Romantic Suspense (or whatever they are called in the UK/Australian area) in... almost a year. I see plenty of Harlequin Mills & Boon Modern (the UK/Australian "Presents" counterpart) and the occasional Blaze, but never the Romantic Suspense ones.

I guess the SEALs, FBIs, and what not are deemed by Harlequin as of limited interest to romance readers outside the USA?  

5 comment(s).

Posted by Gennita Low Jenn:

That's always interested me. My SEAL single titles were translated in Europe but not in Asia. My sisters did find my titles in Malaysia, so I know they're selling there.

I did wonder whether soldiers/cops would be as popular over there since growing up, I was never into those types of heros as being romantic. Do you have Malaysian/Singaporean readers who can give their opinions?
June 3rd, 2009 @ 2:21 PM

Posted by Mrs G:

Well, Malaysia and Singapore readers generally do not have problems reading English books, and we actually have most of our books here brought in from the US. It is only in China and Japan that books tend to be translated. Maybe one day I will visit the local Chinese bookstores to see which romance novels they have brought in from China that were translated from the US versions.

I can't vouch for all local readers, but I do know many fans of Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter books. Suzanne Brockmann's books can easily be found here as well. Plus plenty of Clive Cussler and what not books that feature missiles, spies, etc. I think the lack of Harlequin RS in this region is a marketing decision of some sort made by the publisher.
June 3rd, 2009 @ 2:51 PM

Posted by Mrs G:

PS: Your books can very easily be found in Klang Valley - most books from the big distributors are. Then we have Kinokuniya in the KLCC, easily bookstore with the most complete romance selection in Malaysia, with an entire shelf full of Ellora's Cave, Aphrodisia, and even outright erotica titles! I always wonder how those books got past the local customs...
June 3rd, 2009 @ 2:59 PM

Posted by JulieLeto:

I just read a bunch of really great Intrigues. I hope you can find them. (It's Silhouette Romantic Suspense and Harlequin Intrigue...two different lines, same basic kind of book...here in the States.) For the most part, I like the Intrigues better. More action.
June 4th, 2009 @ 6:27 AM

Posted by Jill Sorenson:

From what I've heard, SRS isn't distributed as widely as most of the other lines. And I think the decision to carry them is totally in the hands of the buyer/bookseller.
June 6th, 2009 @ 10:00 AM